A Colonial Elementary School student claimed the top prize in the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit’s 24 Math Challenge on May 23.

Sarah Fries was named the official champion after making it through several rounds of competition against 80 students from around the county. She was joined in the finalist round by fellow team member Meryem Ozkan. They were two of the final four competitors who competed to earn up to five points to win. Meryem earned one point and Sarah earned three, making her the winner. 

Three other Colonial Elementary students made it to the semi-finalist round, along with Sarah and Meryem: Aranya Bava, Mackenzie Robinette, and Liadan O’Shea. Other students who belong to the team and who competed in earlier rounds include Caitlyn Jacobs, Cameron Moore, and Cece Sabins. The team was joined at the competition by teacher Chad Murray and by Plymouth Whitemarsh High School senior Adam Conti, who served in a supportive role.  

The 24 Math Challenge Team practiced during class together, working on skills such as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing numbers to total 24. They also spent many hours independently practicing to enhance speed and accuracy. 

“It was a fun-filled day for our participants,” said Mr. Murray. “I am super-proud of their participation and accomplishments.”

24 Math Challenge Team from CES